Flirting with Formalities
As an independent solo artist, Derek Melo is widely acknowledged as a gifted songwriter and musician. After years of creating music and collaborating with various musicians, he always returns to songwriting and his passion for creating music with the belief of no gimmicks or fillers. In July 2005, Derek went into studio to record a demo album in collaboration with friend and fellow musician Albe. After entering 'Canadian Radio Star National Songwriters Contest' through a local radio station in Montreal, "Mix96", his song "You're Up There" was chosen as Regional Winner. Derek traveled to Toronto to perform live and compete with 11 Regional winners at the National Championships. Although he didn't win, "Being on stage with Andy Kim (Honey, Honey) and sitting in a room in front of guys like Christopher Ward (Black Velvet) and have them give you advice on songwriting is priceless". To record the remaining songs that would complete his debut album, Derek went back into studio with Albe. "Bringing together the same group of guys to get the same vibe that was created on the previous recording was essential". With the release of his debut album "Flirting with Formalities", Derek has penned some of his most personal songs yet, including "Dreaming Out Loud", "Flirting With Formalities" and "Here I Am" (which was added on as a Bonus track) Born and raised in Montreal, he quickly found himself passionate about the arts. Enrolling himself in music and drama classes throughout much of high school. Performing in a few theatre productions (including at Place-Des-Arts), he acknowledges that "Although theatre is great, nothing can beat the sincerity and honesty of writing, creating and performing my own music". "With the forthcoming release of "Flirting with Formalities" Derek begins a new chapter in his musical journey and promises that with this album, "It's time everyone sees the world through my eyes". Never one for taking the conventional route, he always keeps two things in mind, "Don't be afraid to question and there's more than one way up the mountain."